Manny Pacquiao has opted to take a page out of Floyd Mayweather’s book. Faced with an opponent who is pretending to not be interested in offering him a rematch, the Filipino star decided to state the facts in hopes of getting Juan Manuel Marquez to come to his senses.
On the eve of Dec. 12, 2012, five minutes after he regained consciousness, Pacquiao was asked if he wanted to avenge his embarrassing loss to Marquez. The former eight division champ didn’t even hesitate: yes. He was ready right there and right then to sign on to a fifth bout against Marquez, presumably eager to prove that what had just happened was a fluke.
Once Pacquiao gave the fifth fight a thumbs up, it was just sort of assumed that Marquez would do the same. After all, he had been granted two shots to redeem himself following his losses to Pacquiao.
But then Marquez said no. Or at least he pretended to say no. The reality is he said no because he wanted to ensure that he got a bigger slice of the money pie on the fifth go-round than he did on the forth – but that wasn’t the headline. The headline from his “rejection” of a fifth fight against Pacquiao was the rejection, not the circumstances surrounding it.
Marquez will ultimately fight Pacquiao this year, but just to be sure, the Filipino star decided to poke at his foe a little bit.
“Marquez, according to news reports, doesn’t want to fight me for the fifth time. It actually is up to him,” Pacquiao during an interview this week. “Me? Well, everybody knows I’ll fight anyone. I am not scared of anybody. At yan naman ang dahilan kaya mahal ako ng boxing fans. Hindi ako umayaw lumaban kahit kanino at namili ng kalaban kahit kailan.”
“Kung ayaw nya, ayaw ko rin,” ganoon lang ka-simple yun,” he said. “He doesn’t want to fight me because he won our last fight? Well, as I said after that meeting, lamang pa rin ako, 2-1-1 (win-loss-draw) sa apat na laban namin.”
When asked whether he and Marquez are definitely on track for the end of this year, he said: “…Bob Arum and myself have been talking and will continue talking. What is definite is they’ll see me fight again come September. Not April nor immediately after that as speculations are going,” he said. “Pakisabi na di na magtatagal at pasasayahin ko uli sila.”
Of course we’ll see him again. We’ll see him and Marquez both. In September. Fighting each other. Just like we’ve said they would all along.